Can Brett Tomko be a bargain at any price?
I read this article
this morning, and I just had to chuckle to myself. The jist of the article is that the Giants got a bargain in signing Brett Tomko to a $1.5 million contract, of which $1 million is deferred to 2006. The article goes on to say, Tomko for $500,000 in 2004 money is clearly a great and wonderful deal for the Giants. Is it? Is it REALLY? Let's take a look at Tomko's numbers, shall we? Let's focus on his past 3 seasons, though Tomko was out most of 2001. Here are his raw numbers for the 2001-2003 while playing for Seattle, San Diego, and St. Louis, 3 home parks that are VERY friendly to pitchers :
And that was in 3 pitchers' parks. So let's take a look at his Home/Away splits:
OK, I couldn't find his 3-year OPS for his home/away splits, but I did find it for 2003, and they are:
|Home OPS for 2003||.703|
|Away OPS for 2003||1.008|
Keep in mind that Tomko is now going to be pitching half his games in PacBell, which I thought was very friendly to hitters, but is actually about average for hitters and pitchers.
And another stat that shows how bad he was against the league, is ERA+, which is a park adjusted stat where 100 is average. Brett Tomko averaged an 81 over the past 3 years. AN 81!!!
And this guy is a bargain? Yeah, he's a bargain. A bargain for the other teams in the division who are going to pound the bejeebers out of him.
posted by shawn
: 1/10/2004 12:01:00 PM -